For 2019 the Carducci Quartet, a firm favourite of Cheltenham Music Festival audiences, have curated a new programme. A Voyage to the New World explores the works of composers old and new who journeyed from Europe and were inspired by their time spent in the New World, alongside some of America’s most celebrated composers.

The Quartet will be joined by their frequent collaborator and one of the world’s finest clarinettists, Julian Bliss, amongst other performers for a weekend featuring music by Dvořák, Barber, Piazzolla, Copland and many more. With a special Saturday evening concert complete with old American songs and jazz numbers, and musicologist, writer and broadcaster Katy Hamilton providing introductory concert talks, this is an unmissable pre-Festival treat.

Programme includes music by Barber, Berlin, Britten, Bruce, Carter, Copland, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin, Glass, Piazzolla, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Reich.

Saturday programme

3pm: Gardens open / pre-concert drinks

4pm: Concert I
Britten String Quartet No 1 in D Op. 25 (25’)
Ravel Jeux d’eau (11’)
Ravel Sonatine (5’)
Dvořák String Quartet No 12 in F Op. 96 ‘American Quartet’ (30’)

6pm: Dinner

7.30pm: Concert II
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42 (20’)
Samuel Barber Dover Beach (8’)
Elliott Carter Elegy for string quartet (5’)
Piazzolla Four for Tango, for string quartet (5’)
A selection of American songs featuring Gershwin, Copland, Berlin amongst others (c. 35’)

Sunday programme

10am: Gardens open

11am: Concert III
Copland Four Piano Blues (8’)
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata (14’)
Gershwin Three preludes (8’)
Gershwin Someone to Watch Over Me (4’)
Debussy Première rhapsodie (8’)
Steve Reich Different Trains (30’)

1pm: Lunch

3pm: Concert IV
Philip Glass String Quartet No.3 ‘Mishima’ (20’)
Samuel Barber String Quartet in B minor Op. 11 (20’)
David Bruce Gumboots for Clarinet & String Quartet (25’)

Ticket Information

This is the Full Weekend Ticket for performances and meals on Saturday 29 June & Sunday 30 June 2019. Please click below for individual day ticket options:

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Syde Manor

Directions to this venue will be emailed to bookers of the Music Festival concert weekend prior to the event.

The venue is 10 miles south of Cheltenham.

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